PennDel Coaching partners forward-looking leaders with experienced coaches for the purpose of maximizing the leader’s potential and advancing the mission of the church.


The power of coaching is a learning relationship designed to produce new actions and outcomes. A coach is a trusted partner who is skilled at helping a person gain greater self-awareness, become more decisive, and move farther faster. One church planter said, “I know this — I’ve planted a church without a coach and I’ve planted a church with a coach. All I can tell you is that I’ll never plant a church without a coach again.”


In addition to connecting leaders with coaches, PennDel Coaching Network fosters coach training and promotes coaching as a best practice for emerging and experienced ministry leaders and their teams. If you are interested in having a coach, contact Bill Ellis ( for a consultation or compete the Application Form.

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Bill Ellis

Coaching Lead

PennDel Ministry Network



Coaching and Why I Need One

Who is coaching for?

the exhausted lead pastor

the fearless church planter

the multi-tasking solo pastor

the strategic executive leader

the anxious new leader

the retiring/resigning senior leader

the visionary church revitalizer

the conflict-laden team leader

the stuck-in-the-past leader

the too-far-ahead leader

Coaching helps me…

to maximize my potential

to make better decisions

to act with clarity and confidence

to leverage my strengths

to reduce my blind spots

to gain momentum

to provoke creativity

to work on myself

to turn obstacles into opportunities

to love my life and my calling

“A good coach always coaches to a leader’s potential, not his current level of performance. A good leadership coach will see the potential in you and inspire you accordingly.” Andy Stanley

Training & Certification

For an application, contact Barb Gray at or 973.592.3411.

For more information about training opportunities and credentialing, see 

Level 1 AGCC – AG Certified Coach

a. General Explanation
This entry level certification is for the person who has taken initial coach training and has begun to use coaching skills. Their intent is to go on to higher coach certification. AGCC coaches are able to exhibit the ability to guide a client through an appropriate conversation model such as the hourglass or GROW conversation model.


b. Requirements to make application:

  • Complete an additional 15 hours (accumulated total 30 hrs.) of training by taking Unit 503 (Change, Transition, and Transformation) offered by AG Coaching, an AG district, or training from a recognized equivalent.
  • Be presently being coached by a mentor coach
  • Log 15 hours of coaching experience
  • Must be assessed
  • Fee: $80


c. Certificate is for one year and is renewable

Level 2 AGAC – AG Advanced Coach

a. General Explanation
This certification is for the individual who is applying at least 50-60% of the fundamentals of the coaching skills required for ICF ACC.


b. Requirements to make application:

  • Complete another 15 hours (accumulated total of 45 hrs) of coach training by AG Coaching, an AG district, or training from a recognized equivalent.
  • Must log 50 hours of coaching experience
  • Received 5 hours of work with a qualified mentor coach
  • Must be assessed
  • Fee: $140
  • Must submit application to AG Coaching


c. Certificate is for one year and is renewable

Level 3 AGPC – AG Proficient Coach

a. General Explanation
This certificate is for the individual who is applying all of the fundamental ICF competencies. While this credential is not the same as the ICF credential of Associate Certified Coach (ACC), the intent is that the coach will exhibit the same level of skill competency as if they qualified for the ICF/ACC credential.


b. Requirements to make application:

  • Must complete another 15 hours (accumulated total of 60 hrs) of coach training by AG Coaching, an AG district or training from a recognized equivalent.
  • A minimum of 100 hours of coaching experience
  • Coach at least 8 different clients
  • Received a total of 10 hours of work with a qualified mentor coach
  • Two coach reference letters
  • Must be assessed
  • Fee: $200

c. Certificate is for one year and is renewable

International Coach Federation Credential Information

For those interested in pursuing additional coaching credentials through the most widely recognized coaching organization, we recommend the ICF. You can find out more about their costs and requirements at the ICF website at

Coaching Application
Frequently Asked Questions

How long is a typical coaching relationship?
Coaching relationships are built over time. A three month initial agreement is typical.


Do we have to meet in person?
No. It is common for coaching to take place in a focused distraction-free phone conversation.


Do coaches have to be certified or licensed?

Currently there is no licensure requirement for coaches so anyone can call themselves a coach.  PennDel Ministry holds high standards for our ministers as well as for our coaches.  All certified PennDel coaches receive training aligned with the standards set forth by the International Coach Federation, the world’s largest organization of professionally trained coaches. Because our coach training is aligned with ICF, you can be certain the coach has been trained in specific core competencies, ethics, and coaching skills. Many of our PennDel Coaches have obtained additional training to become ICF credentialed coaches as demonstrated in their bios.


How can coaching help my church?
Coaching can help your church by helping you maximize your professional leadership capacity, and helps you manage your personal life and ministry responsibilities. Coaching skills you will learn can also help you coach others who serve with you in ministry.


Myths About Coaching

  • It’s for the weak or struggling.
  • It’s like Counseling- counseling looks back, coaching looks forward
  • It’s like Consulting – consultants provide answers, coaches ask questions
  • It’s like Mentoring– “Mentoring is imparting to you what God has given me; coaching is drawing out of you what God has put in you.” – Dale Stoll
Find a Coach

Our certified coaches are constantly challenged to grow and improve and to advance their certifications. The goal of Penn Del Network Coaches is to produce high performance coaches to grow the Kingdom of Christ by helping local pastors and ministry leaders reach their full potential.

Lorna Albanese

International Coach Federation

ACC Level Certification


Lorna loves coaching people!  She is a 2014 graduate of the Professional Coach Certification Program from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh PA.  Her heart is to coach ministry leaders and her coaching specialties include Transition/Transformation Coaching, Conflict Coaching and Spiritual Coaching.  She is also capable of facilitating team coaching.


Lorna has a heart for ministry!  She is an Ordained minister with the AG and has over 25 years of local church experience in the Penn Del District.  She is currently serving as the Executive Pastor at Evangel Heights AG in Sarver PA and also serves as the Jr Bible Quiz Coordinator for Penn Del.


Lorna has joy for the journey!  She has been married to her husband Daniel, a cancer survivor, for 26 years and they have two grown children.




Dan Corfield

AG Coaching Level One Certification


Dan was first exposed to coaching in Canada where he is from… don’t hold that against him!


He was certified in 2012 through Coach Approach Ministries. He is  also certified in the DISC personality assessment tool. He received his AG Coaching certification in 2013.


Dan has used these tools to build vision statements find and develop core values. He believes very much, that coaching both team leaders and lay people is absolutely essential for leaders desiring to fulfill the great commission.


Dan has used coaching in one on one sessions, as well as teams. He was also asked to work through a difficult transition in a church in a previous district which involved profiling the church, building a candidate profile and assisting in the interview process. There is no greater moment in coaching than seeing a person find their why? What does “Why?” mean? Sign up for a coach exploration and we can find out together!



Bill Ellis

International Coach Federation

PCC Coaching Certification


Dr. Bill Ellis is the founding and Lead Pastor of Riverside Community Church, a multi-site church in Pittsburgh, and facilitator of the Penn-Del Coaching Network. His AGTS doctoral program focused on professional leadership coaching with an emphasis on a team coaching model to align and empower teams for their greatest contribution.


Bill is a PCC certified coach with International Coach Federation, he completed Asbury Seminary’s Beeson Institute for Advanced Church Leadership, and is a certified Leadership and Talent Management Coach and Leadership Assessment Coach. Bill works with teams and leaders in strategic planning, transitional and transformational change, and maximizing one’s personal potential and fulfillment. He and his wife Teresa have two adult daughters.




John Holt

AG Coaching Level Two Certification


John Holt has served in pastoral ministry for over 45 years in both urban and suburban contexts. He is a teacher of the Bible, Coach and Author.


As a Leadership Coach, he has a passion for equipping and developing young pastors and leaders. His gift of teaching has taken him around the world, training ministry leaders and Bible students. While reading his books, you will experience life application of Biblical truths along with cultural insights that will equip you for living out your faith amidst the tensions of daily life.


Currently he is serving as a part-time campus pastor for Allison Park Church in Allison Park, PA. He is a graduate of the University of Valley Forge with a BA in Bible and an MA in Christian Leadership.


In this semi-retired season of his life, he enjoys taking mission trips, writing, camping, wood working, reading and spending time with his family. He and his wife Kathe have been married for 50+ years and live in the Greater Pittsburgh, PA area. They have three children, nine grandchildren, two granddaughters-in-law and one great granddaughter.




Jason Tourville

AG Coaching Level Two Certification


Jason Tourville is currently the Director of Church Recalibration and Minister Care at PennDel Ministry Network. He graduated from Valley Forge Christian College in 1995, where he was a 1st-Team All-American basketball player and later from the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary, with a MA in Counseling (MFT, LPC). Jason’s coaching focuses on the areas of:

  • Executive/Lead Pastor Coaching
  • Team Coaching
  • Change & Transition
  • Turnaround Churches/Ministries
  • Breakthrough Plateaus
  • Marriage & Family Coaching
  • Emotional Intelligence (EI) Coaching
  • Author Coaching


You can follow his leadership podcast, blog and other ministry resources at  He has written 3 books including Better Together, and The 5 Shifts.  He can be reached at:



Harry Colegrove

AG Coaching Level One Certification


Harry has over 25 years of ministry experience (full time staff, part time staff, bi-vocational, and volunteer) and is currently the senior pastor at Harvest Family Fellowship in beautiful Liberty Pennsylvania. He has been a certified coach since 2011 and is a current member of the International Coach Federation.


Harry has been married to his high school sweetheart Brenda for 28 years and has 4 wonderful children ranging in age from 11th grade through grad school.  Prior to entering the ministry full time, Harry worked in the computer industry in several areas including: hardware sales, technical support, computer repair, and as an Information Systems director.  He has also taught non-credit computer classes for the Pennsylvania College of Technology and Penn State University. He keeps his hand in the computer industry by teaching computer classes part time for New Covenant Academy in Mansfield PA.


In his personal life he is active in the Liberty Volunteer Fire Department as the First Assistant Fire Chief and an EMT, as well as being a trustee for the Tioga County Fireman’s Association.  He is president of the local Critical Incident Stress Management team and also serves on the board of directors for Partners In Progress, a private non-profit organization that assists adults and teens with physical and intellectual disabilities. In his spare time he enjoys riding motorcycle, reading, and running.




Rich Earl

AG Coaching Level Three Certification

Coachnet Certified


 Rich Earl has 35 years of pastoral ministry experience. He has been coaching since 2012 and has worked with dozens of leaders and groups in business and ministry.

Rich loves helping leaders move forward by helping identify leadership styles and gifts, patterns and obstacles. The focus is always on the leader himself, which is crucial to the success of any ministry.

Originally from Long Island, NY Rich specializes in the intense work of church revitalization. His background as a champion high school and college wrestler has helped provide the discipline, determination and work ethic necessary to be an effective pastor and coach.

Rich graduated from Lehigh University with a BA in Journalism. He has authored several books, including Shepherds Balm, a devotional tool for pastors, and In the Hollow, an image-driven devotional featuring his original photography.

He currently leads Good Ground Coaching and lives in Sunbury, Pa. with his wife Faith and daughter Rachel.




Jeannette Scott

ACC, International Coach Federation

AGPC (Level 3), AG Coaching


Jeannette is a credentialed minister, coach, and communication specialist whose life mission is to live with passion for Christ, his servants, and his Great Commission. In addition to coaching pastors and missionaries (and ministry spouses), she coaches:

· Nonprofit executives and their teams to increase their influence and funding

· Emerging or transitioning leaders to move into the role God designed for them

· Authors to start, stick with, and share their work

· Persons in recovery from mental illness or addiction to thrive in all areas of life

Jeannette brings more than 20 years of experience and leadership in church, nonprofit, business, and publishing organizations to her clients. She is also an award-winning journalist, dedicated to the craft of narrative nonfiction and effective communication. However, as a professional coach, her approach is that you are the expert on your life, ministry, and projects.

She currently leads missions ministry at Lighthouse Assembly of God in New Holland, and is a volunteer chaplain at Lancaster County Prison. Bi-vocational, she is communication and development director for a secular nonprofit foundation addressing the mental health crisis for youth and children.

Jeannette and her husband, Bob (also a credentialed minister), have been married since 1992 and have three grown children, two of whom are married. Together, Jeannette and Bob have served in many areas of ministry, and attended Brownsville Revival School of Ministry in Pensacola, FL.

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Nancy Miller

AG Coaching Level Two Certification


Nancy L. Miller is a certified coach through AG Coaching, Professional Christian Coaching Institute, and Wellcoaches. Most recently, she became a Certified Grief Recovery Specialist. Her desire to help others continue moving forward despite unplanned life events was born out of her own experiences and led her to establish Navigate Life Coaching, LLC.


As a registered nurse, she served people in hospitals, homes and high school settings. As a decades long member of Morningstar Fellowship, she provided leadership or service in several of the church’s ministries and currently enjoys serving others through life coaching and grief recovery.


It’s Nancy’s aim to coach others in helping professions so they can live their best possible lives, discover well-being, and fulfill the greatest commandment, especially the charge to “love yourself”.  In her spare time, you’ll find Nancy biking, hiking, reading or searching for healthfully delicious recipes as part of her own self-care practices.  Traveling to the beach, the mountains and the nations brings her great joy and adventure.




Todd Pugh

AG Coaching Level One


Todd Pugh was raised in Western Pennsylvania and served in the Air Force in New Mexico. After he was discharged, he returned to WPA to serve as a lay youth minister and study through Global University. Todd is now ordained with the Assemblies of God and has pastored vocationally for 20 years. Todd is married to Tina and they have two daughters. Todd loves to learn and to teach. He also enjoys cycling, building things, and roasting coffee. Todd is uniquely equipped to journey with others as they explore how they are resourced to meet the challenges and possibilities they face.


Pastor at Kiski Valley Assembly of God in Leechburg, Pa.